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High-performing Uniting Wimmera team honoured

ACCOLADE: Uniting Wimmera staff, from left, client engagement and ChildFIRST manager Josh Koenig, support for families and community manager Louise Netherway, executive officer Wendy Sturgess, youth support and homelessness manager Meredith Knoop and local area marketing manager Adele Rohde celebrate the organisation’s success at Leading Teams Awards in Melbourne with, back, Leading Teams facilitator and partner Daniel Healy.

ACCOLADE: Uniting Wimmera staff, from left, client engagement and ChildFIRST manager Josh Koenig, support for families and community manager Louise Netherway, executive officer Wendy Sturgess, youth support and homelessness manager Meredith Knoop and local area marketing manager Adele Rohde celebrate the organisation’s success at Leading Teams Awards in Melbourne with, back, Leading Teams facilitator and partner Daniel Healy.

Uniting Wimmera has won recognition for its powerful work in the community and consistent high performance at the fourth Leading Teams Awards in Melbourne.
The community service branch of Uniting Vic.Tas was one of three groups awarded with a High Performing Team Award, alongside Velocity Rewards Program and Flight Centre.
Leading Teams, a highly acclaimed national facilitator of a Performance Improvement Program, hosts the biennial awards.
With more than 400 organisations participating the program, Leading Teams recognises teams and individuals who embrace the program and focus on qualities to consistently perform at a high standard in their relevant fields.
Each facilitator nominates teams they believe are deserving of an award, with everyone at Leading Teams voting to select the winners.
Facilitator and Leading Teams partner Daniel Healy presented the highly coveted award to representatives of the Uniting Wimmera team at a ceremony at the RACV club in Melbourne.
Mr Healy cited Uniting Wimmera’s challenges over the past two years and the team’s ability to be resilient and responsive throughout a period of substantial internal and external change.
He said Uniting Wimmera had achieved excellent results in engaging new partners in the ChildFIRST Alliance and increasing enrolments and staff engagement in early learning – despite increased competition in the region.
Uniting Wimmera was also recognised for improving practice to better integrate the voice of the consumer throughout its service design.
Uniting Wimmera executive officer Wendy Sturgess said the award was an exciting surprise to her and the team, but well deserved.
“Receiving the award gave us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a team since Daniel first started working with us,” she said.
“We have broken down silos and we work together through trusting relationships and genuine conversations – all to the betterment of our teams and most importantly, our clients and community across the Wimmera.
“We were presented with a strategic opportunity during our program because we were rolling out the purpose and values of Uniting Vic.Tas.
“They have become a critical part of guiding both our decision-making and behaviours. We have worked hard to model those behaviours and then cascade to our teams. What we’ve created is a culture of all working together to achieve the same goals and a sense of accountability.”
Uniting Wimmera client engagement and ChildFIRST manager Josh Koenig also won recognition at the awards in a new individual category.
Mr Koenig participated in the Wimmera Development Association’s Business Leaders Group in 2016, sponsored by Uniting Wimmera.
Mr Healy nominated Mr Koenig for the award, acknowledging his natural tendency to be an introvert, who nevertheless developed into an outstanding leader who now represents his community both as a manager at Uniting Wimmera and as a Horsham Rural City councillor.
Channel 7 journalist and presenter Nathan Templeton emceed the event in Melbourne, which boasted representatives from a variety of organisations such as the Australian Diamonds, Richmond Football Club, Virgin Velocity Rewards and Flight Centre.

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